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Danica Patrick wins pole for NASCAR's Daytona 500

Updated: February 18, 2013, 3:07 AM ET
Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick is at her best in the spotlight.

Good thing, too, because she's going to be there all week.

Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole Sunday, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any race in NASCAR's premier circuit. It's by far the biggest achievement of her stock-car career. She's braced for the attention that will follow.

"I think when pressure's on and when the spotlight's on, I feel like it ultimately ends up becoming some of ...

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